List of Tables

The Process of Spiritual Development According to the Doctrine of Cause and Effect 58 2. The Ripening of Mental and Behavioral Actions Pertaining to Spiritual Transformation 86 3. The Structure of the Extraordinary Preliminaries and Their Outcome 91 4. Summary of Skillful Means Used to Build the Vessel 124 5. Related Mahamudra and Tantric Practices with Respect to the Four Empowerments 128 6. Correlation of Energy Currents with Body Points and Physiological Functions 165 7. Types of Elaboration...

Contents

Putting Meditative Experience into Words 2 Intellectual Understanding Versus Actual Experience 3 The Technical Language of Spiritual Development 4 The Aim of Spiritual Development in Buddhism 5 Indian Antecedents to Mahamudra 7 The Virtues of the Gradual Path 11 The Early Mahamudra Source Tradition 15 The Source Translation Lineage 18 Gampopa and Monastic Mahamudra 21 Mahamudra Schools and Lineages of the Kagyii Tradition 22 Mahamudra in the Nyingma and Gelug Traditions 25 An Integrated...